Evolutionary Fairy Tales

An Evolutionary theorist (aka a storyteller for the modern world) has predicted that mankind will divide into two subspecies in the next 100,000 years.  This story was published by the BBC on the Internet, so it has to be true.  You can read the whole article here.

Let’s take a look at some of his thoughts.   The article is provocative enough if you  believe life got to its present form by evolution.  However, I will lo0k at the article from a creationist perspective. That is, I believe that mankind and animals were created in something like their present form, in the not too distant past.  I also believe the entire human race, from pygmies to Vikings, was descended from Adam, so I allow for animals and humans to change at least somewhat over time.

BBC: Humanity may split into two sub-species in 100,000 years’ time as predicted by HG Wells, an expert has said.

Evolutionary theorist Oliver Curry of the London School of Economics expects a genetic upper class and a dim-witted underclass to emerge.

Me:  There are some interesting assumptions at work here.  The first is that one or both branches of humanity will not become extinct.  Given that warfare is part of our nature, Dr. Curry should take that possibility into account.

The second assumption is that of uniformitarianism.  That is,  present trends will continue for many thousands of years, producing the evolutionary shift that Dr. Curry describes.  However, some people are saying that global warming will kill us all in the next century.  If climate change is so dangerous, it would drive human development in a direction that is not predicted by Dr. Curry.  If global warming is the threat that Al Gore makes it out to be, black will become very beautiful.

BBC:  People would become choosier about their sexual partners, causing humanity to divide into sub-species, he added.

The descendants of the genetic upper class would be tall, slim, healthy, attractive, intelligent, and creative and a far cry from the “underclass” humans who would have evolved into dim-witted, ugly, squat goblin-like creatures.

Me:  This assumes that the members of the “lower” class will not care about who they mate with, and that this lack of care will result in increasing ugliness and stupidity.  This is a tempting thing to believe, especially when you realize that Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong never seemed to have trouble finding a mate to murder.  However, sexual choosiness seems to be more a matter of morality than intelligence.  

Additionally, if intelligence has survival value in being able to successfully raise offspring, then it wouldn’t matter whether it was a valued trait.  Those that had it would have a better chance of surviving and passing on their DNA.

BBC:  But in the nearer future, humans will evolve in 1,000 years into giants between 6ft and 7ft tall, he predicts, while life-spans will have extended to 120 years, Dr Curry claims.  Physical appearance, driven by indicators of health, youth and fertility, will improve, he says, while men will exhibit symmetrical facial features, look athletic, and have squarer jaws, deeper voices and bigger penises.

Women, on the other hand, will develop lighter, smooth, hairless skin, large clear eyes, pert breasts, glossy hair, and even features, he adds. Racial differences will be ironed out by interbreeding, producing a uniform race of coffee-coloured people.

Me:  The assumption here is that standards of beauty are universal and will remain so, and that the stimuli driving human evolution are the same all over the planet.  From an evolutionist point of view, this is dubious.  If evolution produced dark-skinned Africans and light-skinned Scandinavians in response to different climates over the last 30,000 years, why should it reverse itself over the next 1,000 years?

Dr. Curry is also ignoring the effects of cosmetics and plastic surgery.  Why wait a thousand years to evolve pert breasts, when a trip to the cosmetic surgeon can give them to you in a day?

My humble prediction is that the human race will stay intact for as long as the earth endures.  There will be enough continual intermixing of races that we won’t get to a point where we can say truthfully that “race X is not really human.”  (Of course, people have falsely made such statements for millenia, and they will continue to do so.)  However, people will continue to have different preferences and live in different conditions, so we won’t become all “coffee-colored” either. 

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2 thoughts on “Evolutionary Fairy Tales

  1. Dr Curry says “Women, on the other hand, will develop lighter, smooth, hairless skin, large clear eyes, pert breasts, glossy hair, and even features, he adds.”

    Thanks to the miracles of plastic surgery and modern-day beauty products, we don’t have to wiat 100,000 years!

  2. That brings up another point against the thesis — if we can alter ourselves to have the “desired” appearance, and clearly we can, it’s going to do zip for “genetic selection.”

    My chief logical complaint against this is that people don’t generally marry their “genetic ideal.” Of course most of us who marry do find our spouse physically attractive, but few of us marry models — even given the opportunity, we often discover that a little less jawline and a little more gray matter make a far more attractive combination. Or, smaller eyes and a bigger pocketbook. Or whatever other combination you can suggest.

    So there will always be people getting added into the mix who have the “undesired” features, and their traits will never ultimately be “selected out.”

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